Tromsø is in the middle of the Aurora Borealis (northern lights) zone, and is in fact one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon. Because of the planet's rotation, Tromsø moves into the aurora zone around 6 pm, and moves out again around midnight. Due to the light, no aurora is visible between late April and mid August.
Walking up the mountain
The walk itself is not that difficult, only on few places you might need to use your hands for help, most is just straight forward up the hill.
As you get higher above certain heights suddenly the forest is gone, I guess it is too cold and too strong winds that keeps it clear as you can see on the 3 photo here.
Mountain Trip on Mainland for people in shape
I did the following mountain trip on my second day in Tromsø - guess it was a bit TOO long for me. But nevertheless an unforgettable experience ...
In some Norwegian regions marked paths are not very common, so if you want to go hiking get some information about it BEFORE you start. Every year you read in the news that some foreigners got lost in the mountains or even froze to death.
For the Tromsø region there's a nice leaflet made by the Tourist Office, in addition I recommend the maps of Statens Kartverk. For the Tromsø region there are six maps (covering a huge area) for NOK 200 or for each map NOK 60.
This trip I started in down town Tromsø. From there I reached the mainland by the Tromsøsund Bridge. From Tromsdalen I took the steep path to Storsteinen, which is a bit hard to find (you can also take the cable car) continuing via Steinbua, Fløya to Bønntuva. Bönntuva is 776 m high and my photo was taken there (to the East you can see some "inland" mountains). From Bønntuva I wanted to take some "path" down to Tromsdalen, but it was hard to find. Anyway I found the old path used by the Sami in historical times after some searching somewhere near the lake Litjevatnet.
From there it's no problem to find the way through the valley down to the first houses of Tromsdalen. From Tromsdalen you can take the bus back to Tromsø or cross the bridge again.
OBS! I wouldnt recommend to do this trip alone in case you break your leg or something. During the whole 8 hour trip I met only one human being ;)
Total ups and downs ad up to around 1800 m.
The 'Trollholmen' on the coast...
The 'Trollholmen' on the coast of the fjord east of Hammerfest is a natural rock formation that looks very nice. The standing rocks are made by the tide flow of the sea, and they are about 4 meters high. According to the legends they are petrified Trolls who wanted to bury a treasure and weren't finished before sunrise.
If you're visiting in spring...
If you're visiting in spring or autumn, you can see some great sunsets. This one is at Elverhøy church in the middle south of the island. It's marked as a viewpoint on the tourist map, and once you've been there you know why!
The ferrytrip from a small...
The ferrytrip from a small place on Kvaloya (the island next to the Tromsoe Island) called Bellvika is a beautiful and fun trip. You can bring your own food and drinks and stay on the top deck (bring warm clothes!)just looking at the beautiful scenary, or you can be warm in the boat's small cafe. It is a round trip so you will not get lost. Many of the small islands are only reachable by boat. Ask for timetables at the tourist Information.
Not off the Beaten Path for...
Not off the Beaten Path for the more than 6000 students at the Tromsø University. This is the world's northernmost university, but it's known for research in the top class.This was the only picture I managed to take during daylight, as we spent the still few and precious hours of daylight inside at lectures during these two days.Go here for their web-site in English Tromsø University
Path up the mountain.
To walk up the mountain, go to the cable car direction and then chose this Sollivegen street till you find the path where you go up. use your instinct (as I did) and you will find your way up ;-)
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